2016 Speak Now For Kids Family Advocacy Day Hero: Lizzie
When Lizzie was born, she seemed to be a perfectly healthy baby girl. Less than 24 hours later, Lizzie’s new parents were informed that their daughter had a congenital heart defect known as transposition of the great vessels. The medical team at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital stepped in to save Lizzie’s life by performing an open heart surgery when Lizzie was just 5-days-old. As a result of her initial heart condition at birth, Lizzie also was diagnosed with pulmonary stenosis and ventricular septal defect, cardiac issues she continues to receive care for at Le Bonheur Children’s. Lizzie’s life took another turn when she was diagnosed with profound bilateral sensorineural hearing loss at 4-weeks-old. She had surgery to place cochlear implants one day after her first birthday.
Today, Lizzie is a spirited 5-year-old who attends Memphis Oral School for the Deaf. Over the course of her five short years of life, Lizzie has shown that she is resilient and determined. Currently, she is working on improving her communication skills with her speech therapist, whom she loves spending time with five times per week. In her free time, Lizzie loves to dance, shop, sing and play with her little sister and friends.